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ACS 2010-11 STUDENT CHAPTER REPORT - University of Michigan

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									                                                                  ACS 2011-12 STUDENT CHAPTER REPORT
                                                                                    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

                                        GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Reports must be submitted by:
                                        Please document your activities for each category in the tables below. It is strongly recommended that you use
  **MAY 23, 2012**                      the form provided to ensure that reviewers can easily extract the necessary information needed for a concise
                 to                     review. Chapters that do not use the designated form will not be eligible for an award.
       Manuscript Central

                                           PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY FOR EACH SECTION AS THE GUIDELINES DIFFER BY CATEGORY.
                                           (Each table generally requires the following information per event listed):

                                                   date of the event                                    descriptive title/name and location of
     REPORT WRITING TIPS
                                                   number of student members who                        event
      FROM INCHEMISTRY:
                                                   participated                                         number of people served by your
  “Writing Chapter Reports: Gleaning              number of other chapter members                      activity (i.e., number in attendance)
   Value from the Effort” (April/May               who participated                                     whether or not the student chapter
   2009)
                                                   number of faculty members who                        planned each event or activity
  “The Lowdown on Chapter
   Reports” (February/March 2010)
                                                   participated


                                               NOTE: It is imperative that all columns in tables are completed for each
                                               documented activity. No event or activity is permitted to be listed under
                                               multiple categories, unless it also qualifies as “Green Chemistry.”

    RESOURCES & CONTACTS
     Chapter Report Forms                In most instances, no more than two pieces of supporting documentation should be submitted for each
      Manuscript Central                 category. All supporting documents should be uploaded separately – not inserted in this form – in
(online report submission system)        Manuscript Central. Only text and image files are allowed. All documents (report, images, etc.) must fit
Undergraduate Programs Office            within the 2.5 MB storage limit that is allotted to each chapter.
  E-mail: undergrad@acs.org
  Phone: 800-227-5558 x4480              The Undergraduate Programs Office will extract images from reports for the award
                                         video presentation and for inChemistry magazine; however, only digital photos that are
                                         at least 300 dpi can be used for these purposes. Please send high resolution photos
                                         separately by e-mail or on a CD.
                                                                                        CHECKLIST OF REPORT CONTENT
                                                                    SECTIONS, ACTIVITIES, & EVENTS USED IN CHAPTER EVALUATION

SECTION I – CHAPTER BACKGROUND INFORMATION
          (A) Chapter, Departmental, & Institutional Data
          (B) ACS Student Chapter Members
          (C) Overall Chapter Assessment


SECTION II – CHAPTER SERVICE
          (A) Local K-12 Students
          (B) General Community
          (C) Department/College Service
          (D) National Chemistry Week/Mole Day/Earth Day             A SUGGESTION FROM THE
                                                                     UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS OFFICE:
                                                                      Although you have until May 23
SECTION III – PROFESSIONAL/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT                        to complete your report, we
          (A) Planning/Attending Scientific Meetings
          (B) Speakers/Tours/Field Trips                              suggest using this checklist and
          (C) Social Functions                                        the report template to keep a
          (D) Local Section Interaction
                                                                      record of your events
                                                                      throughout the year as they
SECTION IV – CHAPTER BUSINESS                                         occur.
          (A) Chapter Recruitment & Retention
          (B) Communication
          (C) Funding
          (D) Chapter Business Meetings


SECTION V (OPTIONAL) – GREEN CHEMISTRY
          List of Requirements (Eligible & Ineligible Activities)
          Green Chemistry Template
SECTION I – CHAPTER BACKGROUND INFORMATION: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
Please provide information about your ACS student chapter in the tables and summary boxes below. This information is vital for enabling reviewers to
understand basic characteristics of your chapter, department, and institution. Incorrect or missing information will limit the chapter report reviewers’
ability to fully access the scope and range of your activities. You will need to complete 3 sections below, outlining: (A) chapter, departmental, and
institutional data; (B) ACS student chapter members; and (C) your overall chapter assessment.


              A. CHAPTER, DEPARTMENTAL, &            47        Number of ACS student members (those who submitted an application to ACS)
                        INSTITUTIONAL DATA           186       Total number of chapter members (SM and non-SM)
Please consult with your department chair or
Registrar’s Office to obtain accurate numbers      26,197      Total number of undergraduates in the college or university
    (for institutional and departmental data).    74 & 176     Number of undergraduates majoring in chemistry & biochemistry
                                                     39        Number of chemistry faculty


  B. ACS STUDENT CHAPTER MEMBERS
Please list at least six of your ACS student members. Also include their ACS student member numbers and indicate if they held a chapter office. We
encourage you to upload a roster as an attachment to your report submission, if possible. Your chapter must have at least six national student
members to qualify for a chapter award or grants.
   Name of student member          2011-12 office held         Name of student member             2011-12 office held
Dana Anderson                 President                      Brianna Chamberlin              Faculty Relations Officer

Daniel Semaan                 Vice President                 Elizabeth McDonagh              Outside-the-University-
                                                                                             Relations Officer
David Quist                   Secretary                      Jingwei (Eleanore) An           Fundraising Officer

Tyler Elias                   Treasurer                      Courtney Talicska               Social Events Officer

Dakota Suchyta                Chemistry Demonstration
                              Officer
SECTION I (CONT.) – CHAPTER BACKGROUND INFORMATION: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  C. OVERALL CHAPTER ASSESSMENT
Using the questions listed below please provide an overall assessment of your chapter’s activities for the 2011-2012 academic year. Assessments
should cover the student and faculty perspective.
       What were the major objectives of your chapter during 2011-12?
       In which areas did you succeed?
       How did your chapter members benefit from the activities in 2011-12?
       What problems did your chapter encounter during 2011-12 and how did your chapter resolve these problems?
In 2010-2011 we re-activated our chapter. Given our inexperience and the several challenges we faced in obtaining knowledge and resources from
previous generations of the chapter due to the period of inactivity, this was a sizable achievement. By the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year,
we had accomplished quite a bit and had most of the previous issues straightened out. This year we not only wanted to continue our chapter but to
make it grow and revitalize it. Our main goals were to increase our visibility on campus, gain more active chapter members, and hold a variety of
different events throughout the year that were beneficial to both our members and the general community. We succeeded in spreading the word
about our group by participating in campus-wide events as well as hosting a number of tables in the atrium of the Chemistry Building. This year we had
a larger and more organized executive board leading not only to more involved members but allowing us to plan and carry out many more events.
Other efforts to gain active members included conducting surveys with members who attended general meetings so we could better pinpoint which
activities our chapter members would enjoy best and benefit from. Our tutoring at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor and volunteering at the Ann
Arbor Hands-On Museum not only helped our chapter members grow as individuals, learning how to teach chemistry and providing them with
rewarding experiences, but also helped them educate and spread the excitement of science with the larger community. Our lab tour, seminars, and
peer advising for classes and research helped our members develop professionally and succeed in achieving their personal goals by exposing them to
various research focuses and different pathways a career in chemistry could lead them to. Our officers gained valuable leadership experience learning
to handle our individual responsibilities within the group while also practicing good teamwork. Problems we experienced were mostly related to lower
attendance as the year went on and members not following through when they showed interest or made commitments regarding chapter activities.
We addressed these problems using various methods. We surveyed our members about not only about what their interests were but also their
availability. We created a calendar of the exams of science courses so that we could plan our meetings and events around them to allow for the largest
number of members possible to join us for activities. We also varied the dates and times of our events in order to allow more members the
opportunity to attend. In addition, we improved attendance at our officer meetings by adding a new attendance policy to our constitution that
required our officers to make significant time commitments necessary to best complete their responsibilities. The policy proved to be very effective but
we still need to work on improving attendance at other events. Next year we hope to accomplish this with more ice breakers at mass meetings and
social activities early in the year in addition to offering more responsibility and leadership opportunities to members. One final problem we attempted
to tackle this year was that of passing down information to future leaders of the chapter. We are currently assembling a guidebook including
contributions from several of the officers that will contain all the information that we think is necessary to run our chapter. In creating this guidebook
we hope to prevent future leaders of our chapter from facing the same challenges that we did when re-activating the chapter last year.
SECTION II - CHAPTER SERVICE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
Please list and describe all community service and/or public outreach programs. Chapter reviews are based on the complete list of activities in all four
service categories, which include services provided to: (A) local K-12 students; (B) the general community; and (C) the department/college. Category
(D) includes all events, activities, and services provided during National Chemistry Week/Mole Day/Earth Day. You may include up to two pieces of
supporting documentation for each service category with your report, and each should be labeled with the corresponding activity name.
If you administered a Community Interaction Grant (CIG) Grant program or an Innovative Activities Grant (IAG) program relevant to any of these
categories, please include details in the summary boxes provided.
  A. LOCAL K-12 STUDENTS
Please list all activities your chapter did to encourage younger students to learn science. Did you lead hands-on activities for elementary or middle
school students (Kids & Chemistry)? Did you interact with or mentor high school students? If so, were they involved with an ACS High School Chemistry
Club? You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                 Number of         Number of
                                                                                                                                            Was the      Did you interact
                  Student         non-Student          Number of                                                            Number
                                                                                                                                             activity      with an ACS
   Date           Member            Member               Faculty                    Name of Event/Location                 served by
                                                                                                                                           planned by      High School
                  Chapter           Chapter            Participants                                                       your activity
                                                                                                                                          the chapter?    Chem. Club?*
                Participants      Participants
Weekly         3                 ~7                   0                  Tutoring at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor,   30              Yes            No
                                                                         MI – Fall Semester
Weekly         3                 3                    0                  Tutoring at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor,   45              Yes            No
                                                                         MI – Winter Semester
*If yes, please be sure to include the name of the high school chemistry club.

Please provide a brief summary of your work with the elementary, middle, and high schools in your area.
A tutoring program was set up at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor, MI. We chose middle school students because we believe that middle school is a
critical time in developing a person’s interest in science. In addition, middle school is a notoriously awkward period of time during a child’s personal
development. We helped students progress academically and psychologically by helping students understand core concepts and talking to them about
future pathways including high school and college, respectively. We travelled to the middle school every Tuesday that coincided between the two
academic calendars of UM and the middle school. We limited the tutor to student ratio to 1:4 in order to not overload the tutor and so that each
student received enough attention. All tutors helped with math, science, and English homework and some tutors were able to assist with Spanish
homework as well.
SECTION II (CONT.) – CHAPTER SERVICE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
   B. GENERAL COMMUNITY
How did you serve the community? How did you promote the positive image of chemistry? You may expand the table to accommodate more activities
if needed.
                 Number of
                                 Number of non-
                   Student                            Number of                                                                                         Was the activity
                                Student Member                                                                                       Number served
      Date        Member                                Faculty                        Name of Event/Location                                           planned by the
                                    Chapter                                                                                          by your activity
                   Chapter                            Participants                                                                                         chapter?
                                  Participants
                 Participants
10/31        8                  6                 0                  Halloween Chemistry Demos in the atrium of the Chemistry       100+                Yes
                                                                     Building
1/16         3                  4                 0                  Volunteering at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum                  100+                No

2/8          1                  3                 0                  Volunteering at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum                  100+                No

3/15         7                  2                 0                  St. Patrick’s Day Green Chemistry Table in the atrium of the   60-70               Yes
                                                                     Chemistry Building
4/14-4/15    2                  5                 0                  Relay for Life at the University of Michigan                   estimated        No
                                                                                                                                    attendance: 2000

Please provide a brief summary of your general community service activities.
We shared our love of chemistry with the community by volunteering at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, a children’s science museum that makes
science and math interesting and fun. We volunteered on the busiest day of the year at the museum, Martin Luther King Day, aiding children of all
ages with activities that incorporated music, science and technology. We also helped create kits that the museum uses for teaching fractions in their
school programs. On the second occasion we volunteered on Members’ Night with activities that taught children about earthquakes, volcanoes, and
floods. By helping out with these events, we hope to reach out to younger members of our community, encourage them to develop an interest in
science, and one day pursue careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We showcased chemistry on campus by performing demonstrations in the atrium of the Chemistry Building. Our holiday-themed tables attracted a lot
of attention from students and faculty of all disciplines passing through the building. Dissolving Styrofoam in acetone, sticking a needle through a
balloon without it bursting, and the ever-popular elephant toothpaste were just a few of the demonstrations with which we wowed the crowd. In the
process we were able to interact with people on campus, advertise our student chapter, fundraise and recruit new members. Also, a photo of our
table ended up in the Michigan Daily (school newspaper) thanks to the exciting demos that we performed. [See the photo in the supporting
information]
We promoted green chemistry at our St. Patrick’s Day table. Please see the Green Chemistry Section for more information.

We started an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team with the University of Michigan chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, to help support the
cause while promoting the fun of chemistry. We held on-site fundraisers while hosting a tent at the event. On-site fundraisers included selling ACS
Student Members t-shirts, cookies and baked goods with molecule depictions, and cupcakes set up to form a periodic table (one cupcake per
element). Memorable moments included teaching chemistry to young children with the “element cupcakes” and having fun with the many organic
chemistry students present who tried to guess which molecules were on the cookies. [See the photo in the supporting information]


SECTION II (CONT.) – CHAPTER SERVICE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  C. DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE SERVICE
Did your chapter plan or participate in any departmental activities (e.g. tutoring programs, visiting with departmental speakers, career fairs, mock
interview sessions, résumé reviews) or any campus-wide activities? You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                               Number of non-
                 Number of
                                   Student      Number of                                                                                   Was the activity
              Student Member                                                                                            Number served by
      Date                        Member          Faculty                       Name of Event/Location                                      planned by the
                  Chapter                                                                                                 your activity
                                   Chapter      Participants                                                                                   chapter?
                Participants
                                 Participants
9/9          1                 4              1                Festifall - campus-wide event to showcase student        300+               No
                                                               organizations
12/2         4                 4               1               Chemistry and Biochemistry Peer Advising in the atrium   20+                Yes
                                                               of the Chemistry Building
1/10         4                 0               0               Winterfest - campus-wide event to showcase student       100+               No
                                                               organizations
4/2          5                 0               1               Chemistry and Biochemistry Peer Advising in the atrium   20+                Yes
                                                               of the Chemistry Building
Please provide a brief summary of your department/college service activities.
Festifall is a large outdoor event held by the University of Michigan for all student organizations to participate in. Clubs show up early in the morning and
set up tables in order to attract more members. We decorated our table with chemistry themed objects and a sign-up sheet as well as handed out flyers
for several hours promoting American Chemical Society Student Members. This was a largely successful event for us as we recruited as many as 60
students. Winterfest was a similar event but it is held indoors and therefore tends to be much smaller. At this event, we shared a table with the
chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, and promoted chemistry together.

We also hosted Chemistry and Biochemistry peer advising events answering questions related to topics such as when to take certain classes, the
advantages of different professors in the chemistry and other relevant departments, scientific scholarships and declaring majors and minors. Given the
diverse academic backgrounds of our members we were able to provide a unique blend of perspectives. This provided a new resource to the Chemistry
Department and students interested in chemistry.
SECTION II (CONT.) – CHAPTER SERVICE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
 D. NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK/MOLE DAY/EARTH DAY
Please list all NCW/Mole Day/Earth Day specific events here. What role did your chapter play in the promotion of National Chemistry Week, Mole
Day, or Earth Day? How many persons were served during your activities? Include information on how you used the ACS Office of Community
Activities, if applicable. You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                 Number of    Number of non-
                                               Number of                                                                                     Was the activity
              Student Member Student Member                                                                              Number served
    Date                                         Faculty                      Name of Event/Location                                         planned by the
                  Chapter        Chapter                                                                                 by your activity
                                               Participants                                                                                     chapter?
                Participants   Participants
10/20        7               5               1                Chemistry Demonstrations and Bake Sale in the atrium of   150+                Yes
                                                              the Chemistry Building


Please provide a brief summary of your National Chemistry Week/Mole Day/Earth Day activities.
To promote National Chemistry Week, we set up two tables in the atrium of the Chemistry Building. At one table we sold baked goods to fundraise and
at the other table we performed chemistry demonstrations for everyone walking by to observe. Demos such as elephant’s toothpaste and a clock
reaction in which the solution turned from blue to yellow (for our school colors) were completed. While amazing the crowd, we simultaneously
educated them about the chemical reactions occurring in front of them. Many observers expressed their gratitude for contributing to the atmosphere
of the Chemistry Building. [See photos of the demo and bake sale tables in the supporting information]
SECTION III – PROFESSIONAL/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
Please list and describe all activities and events that have contributed to chapter and professional development. Chapter reviews will be based on the
complete list of activities in all four development categories, which include: (A) planning/attending scientific meetings; (B) speakers/tours/field trip;
(C) social functions; and (D) local section interaction. You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for each development category
with your report, and each should be labeled with the corresponding activity name.
  A. PLANNING/ATTENDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
Please list any scientific meetings (national, regional, or local) that your chapter attended, planned, or hosted. Please note the professional
organizations with which the events were affiliated, if applicable. In the summary box, include the names of students in your chapter who presented
at events attended by the chapter, and indicate if their presentation was research- or chapter-related. Only chapter-related scientific meeting
attendance should be listed, not individual student conference attendance. You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                  Number of     Number of non-
                                                 Number of                                                                                    Was the activity
               Student Member Student Member                                                                               Number served
       Date                                        Faculty                        Name of Event/Location                                      planned by the
                   Chapter         Chapter                                                                                 by your activity
                                                 Participants                                                                                    chapter?
                 Participants    Participants
9/29          1               2                1                   Local Chapter Meeting: Presentation on the Chemistry   ~25                 No
                                                                   and Biochemistry of Chocolate

Please provide a brief summary of your scientific meeting activities.
For their first fall meeting, the Huron Valley and Detroit Local Sections hosted a presentation by Dr. Joe Scranton on “The Chemistry and Biochemistry of
Chocolate: A Guilt-Free Food?” The talk was very interesting and the topic appealed to the diverse audience. Our members who attended enjoyed
representing our student chapter and having the opportunity to meet chemists from the local sections. We are also currently planning to attend the
“Battle of Chemistry Clubs Royale” at the ACS Central Regional Meeting in Dearborn, Michigan this June and are working on developing a larger
undergraduate involvement this August at the Vaughn Symposium, an annual symposium in the Chemistry Department at the University of Michigan.
SECTION III (CONT.) – PROFESSIONAL/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  B. SPEAKERS/TOURS/FIELD TRIPS
Please list the name and affiliation of each speaker and the title of his/her presentation. Please list the name and location of the companies,
institutions, or organizations you visited for field trips or tours. Technical meeting and conference speakers should not be included here; please list
those in the scientific meeting category (Section III-A). You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                 Number of      Number of non-
                   Student          Student      Number of                                                                                            Was the activity
                                                                                                                                  Number served
      Date        Member           Member          Faculty                        Name of Event/Location                                              planned by the
                                                                                                                                  by your activity
                   Chapter          Chapter      Participants                                                                                            chapter?
                 Participants     Participants
10/24        6                  5              2                Presentation by Dr. Onas Bolton, University of Michigan, on   18                     Yes
                                                                Co-crystal Strategies for Improved Explosives
11/14        5                  5-10           0                Presentation by Guy Nutter, Michigan Department of State      40                     Yes
                                                                Police Northville Crime Lab, on Forensic Science
11/21        3                  1              0                Tour of the Gold LEED Certified Dana Building at the          4                      Our chapter
                                                                University of Michigan-Ann Arbor                                                     requested the tour
3/8          2                  3              0                Lab Tour of NSF International Headquarters, Ann Arbor,        5                      Our chapter
                                                                Michigan                                                                             requested the tour

Please provide a brief summary of your speakers/tours/field trips. Please describe how these activities assisted chapter members with building their
professional development skills.
One of our presentations was given by Dr. Onas Bolton, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, who discussed his research on
explosive co-crystallization. The main goal of this event was to expose students to novel and unique research opportunities located around campus in
the sciences. Dr. Bolton not only discussed his own research, but also gave advice to members on how to get involved with research here at the
University of Michigan. [See photo from the presentation in the supporting information]

Our forensic speaker, Guy Nutter, came from the Northville Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory to speak during an evening seminar about forensic
science, how to become a forensic scientist, and how to start preparing oneself for a career while in college. This seminar was greatly beneficial to our
members interested in forensic science as a career and provided an example of an alternative to traditional chemistry career pathways. Internship
opportunities were discussed, as well as what classes and extra-curricular activities were optimal for professional-readiness in the forensic science field.
This event also appealed to high school students who were invited through the Women in Science and Engineering program. [See photo from the
presentation in the supporting information]

As one of our green chemistry events, we toured the Dana Building, a Gold LEED certified building on our campus. Please see the Green Chemistry
Section for further information.
We took laboratory tour of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International headquarters in Ann Arbor. During the tour of the state-of-the-art
facility, we were able to see many instruments and applications of chemistry that we were previously exposed to in our university courses. Our guide
showed us each division of the headquarters, explaining the purpose and scientific elements of each laboratory. This encouraged our members to view
the wide array of skills used in chemistry careers and to explore similar scientific career opportunities.


SECTION III (CONT.) – PROFESSIONAL/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  C. SOCIAL FUNCTIONS
Please list the social functions that were part of your yearly chapter activities. Social activities include events such as holiday or back-to-school parties,
bowling or skating events, dances, banquets, etc. You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
                Number of
                                Number of non-                                                                                                      Was the
                  Student                            Number of
                               Student Member                                                                                   Number served        activity
   Date          Member                                Faculty                        Name of Event/Location
                                   Chapter                                                                                      by your activity planned by the
                  Chapter                            Participants
                                 Participants                                                                                                       chapter?
                Participants
11/3        4                  12                0                  Decorating the Sidewalks with Chemistry-Related Chalk      All who passed Yes
                                                                    Drawings                                                   by the next day
2/10        5                  5                 0                  American Chemical Society & Alpha Chi Sigma Party          25+              No

4/13        7                  0                 0                  Officer Banquet                                            7                Yes



Please provide a few details about your social events including how they help to boost chapter morale and encourage chapter and faculty participation.
Social events this year included chalking main areas of campus, ice-breaker activities at chapter meetings, a party with the professional chemistry
fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, and an end-of-the-year officer banquet. We enjoy chalking because it gives us the chance as chemistry students to make
our mark on campus and we really have fun with it including molecular structures, equations, chemistry-related jokes and even element hopscotch! We
incorporated ice-breaker activities into our mass meetings including introducing oneself and naming your favorite molecule or asking each other silly
questions in order to get to know more people within the group. By joining Alpha Chi Sigma in a party we were able to bring together a wider group of
chemistry and chemical engineering students in a setting outside of classes. At the end of the academic year the officers went out to eat and had a
chance to chat about fun topics aside from chapter business, something we all agreed should happen more often in the future. Our social events helped
our chapter bond and helped us welcome new members. Additionally, small things such as greeting fellow members in passing helped to foster a sense
of community between chemistry students. Next year we plan to focus on attracting more members to social events early in the year to encourage
them to become more active in the chapter as they connect with other students. We also plan to create events that would incorporate and appeal to
faculty members.
SECTION III (CONT.) – PROFESSIONAL/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
    D. LOCAL SECTION INTERACTION
Briefly describe any interactions that your chapter has had with your ACS Local Section. If you have not worked with your Local Section, please list the
barriers that prevent these interactions. Also, please include any suggestions that might be passed along to ACS Local Sections that are looking for
more ways to interact with student chapters.
    NOTE: Although we are aware of the many possible barriers between student chapters and local sections (i.e. geographic distance or an
    inactive local section), you are expected to at least attempt to build this interaction.
     Local sections can be a valuable resource for student chapters, and initiating this interaction could result in your local section providing your
    chapter with additional financial support, ideas for events and activities, the necessary resources for hosting meetings and conferences at your
    school, networking opportunities, and a connection to the larger chemical community. Because local sections can potentially offer many
    significant contributions to your chapter, we now ask that you build the objective of initiating and maintaining this interaction into your chapter
    goals and that you provide details of your attempts, successes, and/or obstacles.
Dr. Paul Jones, our faculty advisor, helps us to maintain a connection with the Huron Valley Local Section through his role in both groups. Our student
chapter is very fortunate in that the Huron Valley Local Section pays the membership fee for members of our student chapter who apply for their first
year of ACS membership. This encourages and provides the opportunity for many more chemistry students to become involved in a professional
organization who might not have considered it before. It is also a benefit that we discuss when recruiting new members to the chapter. We greatly
appreciate this generosity from the Huron Valley Local Section.

This year we were also able to attend one of the Local Section meetings. The meeting was hosted jointly by the Huron Valley and Detroit Local
Sections. Our members who attended were attracted by the speaker’s topic and found the presentation to be very interesting. Several other members
were also interested in attending but the travel time required to reach the meeting meant that our departure time conflicted with late afternoon
classes. Organizing transportation to such meetings can also be difficult.

In addition, we attempted to communicate by email with the organizers of the ACS Central Regional Meeting in Dearborn, Michigan this June to see
how our chapter could contribute. This communication did not go through but we have been invited to participate in the “Battle of the Chemistry
Clubs Royale” at the meeting. We are currently planning on attending and are in the process of coordinating our participating members.




SECTION IV – CHAPTER BUSINESS: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
Please list and describe chapter business elements. Chapters will be reviewed in four business categories, which include: (A) chapter recruitment &
retention; (B) communication; (C) funding; and (D) chapter business meetings. You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for
each chapter business category with your report, and each should be labeled with the corresponding activity name.
  A. CHAPTER RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
Please provide a brief summary of your recruitment and retention efforts.
In order to recruit members, we participated in two campus-wide recruiting activities for student organizations held at the beginning of each semester
known as Festifall and Winterfest. These activities allowed us to advertise our group to the general student population, including students outside of the
Chemistry Department. These events are attended by students of all years looking for organizations to join but particularly by freshmen who want to
become involved in campus activities. We also had great success by holding a recruitment table in the atrium of the Chemistry Building at the beginning
of the year where several officers attracted students interested in chemistry to tell them about our group. Some of the points we discussed were the fact
that the Huron Valley Local Section pays for one year of ACS membership for our members, our newly developed leadership positions that were available
for this academic year, the activities we had done in the past and our plans for the future. We also emphasized that the group was there to serve the
chemistry students that we were always looking for new ideas and suggestions. During these events we not only talked to undergraduates but also were
approached by graduate students and faculty who were wanted to work with our student chapter. Also, by updating our website and bulletin board and
by interacting with faculty and staff in the Chemistry Department we hoped to provide opportunities for students to learn about our group and
information allowing them to contact us. [See flyers we used at Festifall and for the first mass meeting in the supporting information]

Retention efforts this year included surveying our members at mass meetings and asking them to provide feedback and suggestions so that we could
best plan activities that many students found beneficial and interesting. We have also used surveys to decide when to hold meetings and events when
possible in order to allow for the most number of members to attend events. During the second semester we even created a calendar of exams in
common courses so that we could plan around those dates. Social bonding events and encouraging interaction between members also were part of our
retention efforts. In addition, we maintained good practices of answering emails promptly and with a personal touch and following up on
communications with and requests by members and faculty.

  B. COMMUNICATION
Briefly describe how your chapter communicated about its meetings and activities to chapter members and the general public. You should include
information about your webpage, media coverage of events, flyers, e-mails, etc. Also, discuss the effectiveness of your communication efforts.
Our main method of communication is through email. For every event and meeting initial and reminder emails were sent out to our members and the
students in the Chemistry Department. For the meetings, events and activities that appealed to wider audiences we also contacted email groups for
other student organizations including the biology and biophysics clubs, other departments including biology and chemical engineering, Eastern Michigan
University’s ACS student chapter, and the Women in Science and Engineering and their K-12 “pre-college” members. One technique we implemented this
year was to include links to shared spreadsheets in our emails so that anyone could sign-up for events or request more information right after reading
the email. In addition, as officers we organized ourselves and our meetings primarily through frequent emails. The emails proved to be very effective; this
seemed to be the contact method that reached and brought in the most participants.

For several events and meetings we also distributed mini flyers by hand, hung flyers in common campus buildings and around outdoor posting kiosks,
wrote on chalkboards in the Chemistry Building, and made announcements in Chemistry lecture halls. These methods did not seem to be quite as
effective as many of our flyers went missing or were quickly covered by those of other groups. In addition, messages on chalkboards are often erased by
the time one or more classes use the lecture hall. [See two flyers in the supporting information]

Additional methods of communication included our website (http://www.umich.edu/~acssa/) and bulletin board in the Chemistry Building. This year we
re-designed the website and included sections describing our chapter and past activities in addition to a page on upcoming events. Other helpful
information on the site includes how to become involved in research on campus, club t-shirt information, useful chemistry resources and information on
local, regional and national ACS. We also made sure to provide lots of contact information allowing visitors to be able to reach us easily. Our website is
included on our page in the directory of student organizations on campus so anyone that searches for chemistry-related groups on campus will be
directed there. We also just re-designed our bulletin board that is located in a main hallway of the Chemistry Building so it now features photos from our
recent activities, educational material about green chemistry and contact information for interested passersby. Next year we hope to use it to advertise
upcoming events as well. It is difficult to determine the effectiveness of these resources but they are available for everyone to look at and act as constant
sources of useful information.



SECTION IV (CONT.) – CHAPTER BUSINESS: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  C. FUNDING
Briefly describe any funding that was provided to your chapter (e.g., from the department), along with any funds that you raised through various
activities, including proposal writing (IAG, CIG, NMTG, grant funding should be included). In the description you should include the amount of money
that was raised or provided, and how this funding was spent.
Upload the Chapter Finances template. To complete this section, please complete and upload a chapter finances spreadsheet using one of the
spreadsheets available posted on the chapter page of www.acs.org/undergrad and in Manuscript Central, or you can create your own template. Your
chapter finances spreadsheet should only be uploaded as a supplemental document and referred to in your description provided below. Please do not
include your finances spreadsheet in this document.
This year we were able to gain access to the university and non-university bank accounts containing funds collected by previous generations of our
chapter containing $2,399.17 and $1,250.15 respectively. In addition, we had $401.42 left from previous years. Fundraising activities we organized this
year included bake sales and t-shirt sales. Through selling items including bread that was donated from a local shop, donuts from a very well-liked shop
on campus and hot apple cider (in the fall) we raised $82.71. This year we also ordered new club t-shirts. On certain specified occasions proceeds from
the t-shirt sales were donated to the American Cancer Society as part of our Relay for Life donation but in addition to that we raised $302.00 for our
chapter in t-shirt sales. [See the photo of a t-shirt in the supporting information]
Our funds were spent on food for our events in order to attract an audience and as part of social events that promoted interaction between our chapter
members. We experimented with different restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores in addition to different amounts and prices of food items in an
attempt to find the best and most cost effective solutions to meet our needs. Although the end-of-the-year officer dinner, was expensive we found it to
be very beneficial as it was an enjoyable experience for all of us in a relaxed setting that allowed us to sit down and talk about topics outside of chapter
business. We decided that more events of that nature were necessary and we wished to include more members and faculty but that we need to find a
way to make the same experience less expensive. Other expenses included the cost of printing colorful flyers, transportation to the middle school at
which we provided tutoring, materials in order to make a sign for our peer advising table, registration for Festifall (withdrawn previous to this record)
and Winterfest, and ordering the green chemistry buttons.
SECTION IV (CONT.) – CHAPTER BUSINESS: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  D. CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETINGS
Please list the executive committee and chapter business meetings that were held. In the Purpose of Meeting column, please list the major goals of
the meeting—i.e., to elect of officers; to plan for the April outreach activity; to plan for the holiday party. You may expand the table to accommodate
more meetings if needed.
                                                                          Mass/General Meetings
                 Number of
                                     Number of non-
                   Student                                Number of
                                    Student Member
      Date        Member                                    Faculty                                              Purpose of Meeting
                                        Chapter
                   Chapter                                Participants
                                      Participants
                 Participants
9/19         3                  60                    0                  Mass meeting to recruit new members for the club

10/13        10                 30                    0                  General meeting to discuss events in October and early November and for members to sign up to
                                                                         join committees
11/3         7                  14                    0                  General meeting to discuss events in November

1/17         9                  20                    0                  Winter mass meeting to recruit new members and discuss events for the winter semester



                                                                              Officer Meetings
                 Number of
                                     Number of non-
                   Student                                Number of
                                    Student Member
      Date        Member                                    Faculty                                              Purpose of Meeting
                                        Chapter
                   Chapter                                Participants
                                      Participants
                 Participants
9/5          3                  1                     0                  First officer meeting to plan for Festifall, our first mass meeting and future officer meetings

9/11         3                  1                     0                  Officer meeting to plan for mass meeting

9/18         3                  1                     1                  Officer meeting to talk to faculty advisor, discuss new officer positions, and put together
                                                                         presentation for the mass meeting
9/26         3                  1                     0                  Officer meeting to review officer applications and select members to fill 6 new officer positions
10/2        3               6                  0             Officer meeting to introduce the new officers and brainstorm ideas for October including tutoring
                                                             and National Chemistry Week
10/9        9               0                  0             Officer meeting to plan for mass meeting and October events including demonstrations for
                                                             National Chemistry Week and Halloween
10/16       3               0                  0             Officer meeting to discuss fundraising ideas (optional officer meeting for those in town during fall
                                                             break)
10/23       8               0                  0             Officer meeting to plan upcoming events in October and brainstorm ideas for November and
                                                             December
10/30       10              0                  0             Officer meeting to plan upcoming Halloween & November events including the mass meeting

11/6        7               0                  0             Officer meeting to plan upcoming events in November

11/13       10              0                  0             Officer meeting to plan upcoming events in November & December and to discuss chapter
                                                             business
11/20       10              0                  0             Officer meeting to finalize events for the end of the semester, vote on new attendance policy for
                                                             officer meetings, and discuss possible events for the second semester
1/8         10              0                  0             Officer meeting to brainstorm events for winter semester and plan recruitment events including
                                                             Winterfest and the January mass meeting and to discuss new ACS T-shirts
1/22        10              0                  0             Officer meeting to discuss ideas from the mass meeting and choose events for winter semester

2/12        9               0                  0             Officer meeting to discuss upcoming events and goals to accomplish before the end of the
                                                             semester, planned table for St. Patrick’s Day
3/11        9               0                  0             Officer meeting to plan March and April events and activities that each officer was working on

3/25        9               0                  0             Officer meeting to plan end-of-the-semester events and vote on a new policy for agreeing on the
                                                             use of our chapter’s funds


Please discuss the effectiveness of your meetings—were you able to accomplish your goals? Describe how your chapter meetings assisted chapter
members with developing leadership skills. Include any incentives that your chapter provided to encourage attendance at chapter meetings.
Our officer meetings were held frequently to plan meetings and events and overall they were quite effective. We experimented with different ways of
structuring the meetings from following an outline compiled by the president and vice president before the meeting that was emailed out to all the
officers to going around the group and having each officer present. We gained several new officers this year who contributed significantly in meetings
and we all committed to attend as many meetings as possible with our new attendance policy that we added to our group constitution. At our
meetings, we divided up responsibilities and each of our officers was in charge of his or her events and projects. In this way many different members
were able take on leadership roles. Our mass meetings were held to encourage interaction between members, ask our members about their interests
and ideas, and announce upcoming events. Notes from these meetings were often sent out to all members so even those who were unable to attend
would receive the information. Incentives to encourage attendance at these mass meetings included serving pizza and pairing up the meetings with
social events like chalking.
SECTION V (OPTIONAL) – GREEN CHEMISTRY: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
  ELIGIBILITY
Student involvement in green chemistry principles and practices is essential to the integration of environmentally benign technologies in academia and
industry. ACS student chapters may be recognized as a green chemistry chapter by engaging in at least three green chemistry activities during the
academic year. Below are activities and events that qualify as green chemistry efforts.


      COMMUNITY OUTREACH                                  AWARENESS                                          ACTIVITIES
          Give green chemistry demos                        Develop a green chemistry website                 Run a Student chapter led lecture
          Lead green chemistry “hands on”                   Make a green chemistry bulletin board              series on green chemistry topics
           experiments                                       Pass out green chemistry buttons, brochures,      Organize and host a green chemistry
          Educate community regarding “green                 etc.                                               speaker
           products”                                         Present a green chemistry poster at a             Visit hydrogen powered cars and
          Show Inconvenient Truth movie and                  national/regional meeting                          discuss the pollution prevention pros
                                                                                                                 and cons
           discuss how the 12 Principles of                  Promote green chemistry on campus
           Green Chemistry relate to issues                                                                     Hold debate on global warming and tie
                                                             Run a green chemistry scavenger hunt
           raised in the movie                                                                                   in the concepts of green chemistry
                                                             Create and distribute “green rating”
          Display about green chemistry at a                                                                   Attend green chemistry
                                                              handouts
           local mall                                                                                            presentations/lectures at a
                                                             Make green chemistry t-shirts and use to           National/Regional Meeting
                                                              teach around the campus
                                                                                                                Take a field trip to a green chemistry
                                                             Create and distribute a green chemistry            facility or factory
                                                              newsletter
                                                                                                                Take a field trip to a LEED certified
                                                                                                                 green building or house and learn
                                                                                                                 about the green chemistry principles
 ACTIVITIES INELIGIBLE FOR GREEN CHEMISTRY AWARD                                                                 incorporated into the building
 (CAN STILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN OTHER CATEGORIES)                                                                  materials
         Park, stream, road or other clean-up                                                                  Attend a green chemistry workshop
         Recycling drive
         Water monitoring
         Same web page/newsletter/bulletin board as previous year
         Earth Day celebration without green chemistry component specified
         Any activity with only one member involved
         Attending 3 talks by home university professors



Please reference the Green Chemistry Institute webpage for more information or e-mail gci@acs.org.
SECTION V (OPTIONAL) – GREEN CHEMISTRY: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
The green chemistry section is optional. To be recognized as a Green Chemistry Chapter, student chapters must engage in a least three different types
of green chemistry activities during the academic year. You may expand the table to accommodate more activities if needed.
NOTE: You can repeat activities in this section that you report in other categories (i.e. conferences, community outreach). This category will only be
used to determine Green Chemistry Chapter status. It will not be used to determine overall student chapter award status.

                 Number of     Number of non-
                                                Number of                                                                                      Was the activity
              Student Member Student Member                                                                                Number served
      Date                                        Faculty                         Name of Event/Location                                       planned by the
                  Chapter         Chapter                                                                                  by your activity
                                                Participants                                                                                      chapter?
                Participants    Participants
11/21        3               1                0                    Tour of the Gold LEED Certified Dana Building           4                  Our chapter
                                                                                                                                              requested the tour
3/15         7                  2                 0                St. Patrick’s Day Green Chemistry Table in the atrium of 60-70             Yes
                                                                   the Chemistry Building
5/4          3                  0                 0                Green Chemistry Bulletin Board in the Chemistry         All who pass by Yes
                                                                   Building

Please provide a detailed summary of a minimum of three green chemistry activities, including a two-three sentence explanation of why you think
each activity qualifies as green chemistry. The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will use this information to determine if your activities qualify as green
chemistry. You may include up to three pieces of supporting documentation (i.e. speaker abstracts) for this category with your report. Please label
with the name of the activity.
We toured the Gold LEED certified Dana Building on our campus (visit their website at http://snre.umich.edu/greendana). The building implements
many elements of green design that we were educated about including paint with reduced volatile organic compounds, reduced emission carpet,
renewable products made from bark that did not require cutting down the entire tree and bamboo that is rapid growing, flooring made from
biodegradable material, and wool carpet that is naturally fire resistant and therefore does not require chemical treatment. These materials provided
examples of the principles of green chemistry including designing safer chemicals, use of renewable feedstock, and design for degradation. Throughout
the tour we got to see these principles in action for a practical application in a building that we walk past every day.

For St. Patrick’s Day we celebrated by pairing up the green holiday with green chemistry at our table in the atrium of the Chemistry Building. At the
table, we provided information about green chemistry using a poster that featured the 12 principles and we advocated green chemistry by handing out
buttons. The buttons were small and easy to attach to clothing or a backpack for an everyday reminder encouraging faculty and students to pay
attention to the way that chemistry impacts the environment. [See photos of the button and the table in the supporting information]

In re-designing our bulletin board, we devoted a large section to the topic of green chemistry. The bulletin board both increases awareness and
educates viewers. Being positioned in a main hallway of the Chemistry Building it will catch the attention of faculty, researchers, graduate students,
and undergraduate students and make them aware of the twelve principles of green chemistry. In addition, the bulletin board provides a timeline that
tells the history of green chemistry giving viewers an idea of the progress that has been made and how we can continue to make improvements to
make chemistry more environmentally friendly. [See photo of the bulletin board in the supporting information]

								
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